Elizabeth Bruce

Elizabeth Bruce - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A compassionate and dedicated editor with nearly a decade of publishing experience. Formerly of Picador USA/Macmillan Publishers.

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Overview

I am an editor with nearly a decade of New York publishing experience and wide-ranging tastes. Over the years, I've acquired and edited a unique mix of literary fiction, thrillers, contemporary historical fiction, upmarket book club fiction, cross-genre fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction – including a forthcoming narrative history of the first women officers in the Boston Police Department, who were hired during the 1970s to achieve both racial and gender parity, and a memoir by the writer and cocreater of the Netflix Original Cam.

I've published multiple New York Times bestsellers, and my authors have won or been finalists for major national and international awards, including The Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Edgar and Eisner Awards, the PRISM Contest, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott and Dylan Thomas Prizes, the International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly the Impac Prize), the Southern Book Prize, and the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize); several of my acquisitions were optioned for T.V. and film, and another was a National Reading Group Month Great Reads selection.

I hope you'll always feel free to circle back to me with questions about my work. In the meantime, thanks so much for visiting.

Yours,
Elizabeth
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Graduate Certificate; The Columbia Publishing Course
  • B.A. in American Studies, with a focus on cross-currents in American identity; Columbia University

Work experience

Senior Editor

Kevin Anderson & Associates
October, 2019 – Present (12 months)

A ghostwriting and editorial firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Kevin Anderson & Associates' team of New York Times bestselling writers and editors works with publishers, agents, and authors to plan, write, and/or revise full-length books, book proposals, and other related content.
As Senior Editor, I develop the editorial strategy for a wide range of projects, ensuring quality content while facilitating successful partnerships between clients and collaborators.

Editor

Picador USA
March, 2011 – June, 2019 (over 8 years)

After being hired as an Editorial Assistant, I worked my way up to Editor, building a diverse list of bestselling and internationally acclaimed authors while supporting Picador's Executive Editor, who focused primarily on nonfiction; her incredible roster of authors and journalists included Jabari Asim (author of WE CAN'T BREATHE, a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), Katha Pollitt (PRO), Scaachi Khoul (ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER), and Dr. Damon Tweedy (author of the NYT bestselling memoir BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT).

I also managed a portion of the Picador/FSG reprint list and published Robin Sloan (the NYT bestselling author of SOURDOUGH and MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE); Andre Aciman (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME); the writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams (author of THE HOUR OF LAND and WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS); C. E. Morgan (author of THE SPORT OF KINGS, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); and many others in paperback.

Editorial Assistant

The Book Report Network
September, 2010 – March, 2011 (6 months)

My very first publishing job was at the Book Report Network, a company that runs community sites for readers and whose mission is to connect them to books and authors. I wrote copy and researched editorial features for four of their six websites, managed user-generated content and contributed book reviews and blog posts, and organized seasonal blog promotions featuring authors I idolized. It offered me a birds-eye view of the industry that I continue to apply to my work to this day, while also introducing me to the excitement and challenges of helping books find their intended audience.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Housegirl: A Novel

Michael Donkor

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize • Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize • Nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award • One of The Observer's "New Faces of Fiction" • One of The Millions' "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" • One of The Guardian's "Best Summer Books" (Selected by Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Dunthorne) • One of Library Journal's "Most Anticipated Fall Debuts" • One of Th... read more

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize • Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize • Nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award • One of The Observer's "New Faces of Fiction" • One of The Millions' "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" • One of The Guardian's "Best Summer Books" (Selected by Kayo Chingonyi and Joe Dunthorne) • One of Library Journal's "Most Anticipated Fall Debuts" • One of Th... read more

Shelter: A Novel

Jung Yun

"Shelter is domestic drama at its best, a gripping narrative of secrets and revelations that seized me from beginning to end."―Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The SympathizerOne of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year (Selected by Edan Lepucki) Now BuzzFeed's #1 Most Buzzed About Book of the YearLonglisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel PrizeNamed a Best... read more

"Shelter is domestic drama at its best, a gripping narrative of secrets and revelations that seized me from beginning to end."―Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The SympathizerOne of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year (Selected by Edan Lepucki) Now BuzzFeed's #1 Most Buzzed About Book of the YearLonglisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel PrizeNamed a Best... read more

The Woman Next Door: A Novel

Yewande Omotoso

A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award • A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction • Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize • A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize • A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing • One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence... read more

A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award • A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction • Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize • A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize • A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing • One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence... read more

The Time Collector: A Novel

Gwendolyn Womack

A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller"The Time Collector's fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers."―Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger Travel through time with the touch of a hand.Roan West can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highl... read more

A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller"The Time Collector's fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers."―Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger Travel through time with the touch of a hand.Roan West can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highl... read more

The Fortune Teller: A Novel

Gwendolyn Womack

NOW A USA TODAY AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the award-winning author of The Memory Painter comes a sweeping and suspenseful tale of romance, fate, and fortune. Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, deciphering ancient texts―and when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its auth... read more

NOW A USA TODAY AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the award-winning author of The Memory Painter comes a sweeping and suspenseful tale of romance, fate, and fortune. Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, deciphering ancient texts―and when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its auth... read more

The Memory Painter: A Novel of Love and Reincarnation

Gwendolyn Womack

WINNER OF THE RWA PRISM AWARD FOR BEST TIME TRAVEL/STEAMPUNK AND A FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST BOOK A thriller, a romance, a 10,000-year adventure…The Memory Painter is “the guy-meets-girl story as you've never heard it before" (Refinery29).Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to Bryan's success: Every canvas is inspired by ... read more

WINNER OF THE RWA PRISM AWARD FOR BEST TIME TRAVEL/STEAMPUNK AND A FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST BOOK A thriller, a romance, a 10,000-year adventure…The Memory Painter is “the guy-meets-girl story as you've never heard it before" (Refinery29).Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to Bryan's success: Every canvas is inspired by ... read more

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe job of the skin is to keep it all in...On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) bear... read more

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe job of the skin is to keep it all in...On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) bear... read more

This Is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir

Victoria Fedden

ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S TEN MOST ANTICIPATED MEMOIRS OF THE SEASON AND A REFINERY29 BEST BOOK OF THE YEARIF YOU THINK IT SUCKS TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS WHEN YOU’RE THIRTY-SIX AND NINE MONTHS PREGNANT, JUST WAIT TILL THE DEA COMES KNOCKING (WITH THE IRS IN TOW): WELCOME TO VICTORIA FEDDEN’S LIFE.When a squad of federal agents burst through her parents’ front door, Victoria Fedden felt ill-p... read more

ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S TEN MOST ANTICIPATED MEMOIRS OF THE SEASON AND A REFINERY29 BEST BOOK OF THE YEARIF YOU THINK IT SUCKS TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS WHEN YOU’RE THIRTY-SIX AND NINE MONTHS PREGNANT, JUST WAIT TILL THE DEA COMES KNOCKING (WITH THE IRS IN TOW): WELCOME TO VICTORIA FEDDEN’S LIFE.When a squad of federal agents burst through her parents’ front door, Victoria Fedden felt ill-p... read more

Receptor: A Novel

Alan Glynn

"[Receptor], Alan Glynn's sequel to The Dark Fields (the inspiration for the film Limitless starring Bradley Cooper), grippingly imagines the origins of MDT-48―the series' infamous 'smart drug,' which realizes remarkable human potential."―Entertainment Weekly (New & Notable) Named a Best Book of the Year by The Irish Times (Crime Fiction) and the Irish Independent (Thrillers) One of CrimeReads... read more

"[Receptor], Alan Glynn's sequel to The Dark Fields (the inspiration for the film Limitless starring Bradley Cooper), grippingly imagines the origins of MDT-48―the series' infamous 'smart drug,' which realizes remarkable human potential."―Entertainment Weekly (New & Notable) Named a Best Book of the Year by The Irish Times (Crime Fiction) and the Irish Independent (Thrillers) One of CrimeReads... read more

PARADIME

ALAN GLYNN

From Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Limitless, comes a novel of a twenty-first-century identity crisis that will thrill you from page one.Danny Lynch didn’t sign up for this, but right now, it’s all he’s got. Three weeks ago, he was working at a chow hall in Afghanistan and―more or less―doing fine. Sure, this meant living in a war zone, but he was never in the line of fire and, frankl... read more

From Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Limitless, comes a novel of a twenty-first-century identity crisis that will thrill you from page one.Danny Lynch didn’t sign up for this, but right now, it’s all he’s got. Three weeks ago, he was working at a chow hall in Afghanistan and―more or less―doing fine. Sure, this meant living in a war zone, but he was never in the line of fire and, frankl... read more

South Pole Station: A Novel

Ashley Shelby

Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Fiction One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year • A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • Named a Best Book of the Year by Shelf Awareness and One of the Best Environmental Fiction Books of the Year by Earther A warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby's South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel ... read more

Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Fiction One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year • A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • Named a Best Book of the Year by Shelf Awareness and One of the Best Environmental Fiction Books of the Year by Earther A warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby's South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel ... read more

Treeborne: A Novel

Caleb Johnson

"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."―Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic ProportionsAn Honorable Mention for the Southern Book Prize One of Southern Living's "Best New B... read more

"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."―Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic ProportionsAn Honorable Mention for the Southern Book Prize One of Southern Living's "Best New B... read more

The Last Pilot: A Novel

Benjamin Johncock

Winner of the Author's Club Best First Novel AwardA Finalist for the East Anglian Book Award for FictionOne of The Guardian's Favorite Reads of the Year (Chosen by Jenny Rohn) “The Last Pilot made me cry and brought back all my old Right Stuff feels. A brilliant debut. I loved it.”—Helen Macdonald, author of H is for HawkJim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the e... read more

Winner of the Author's Club Best First Novel AwardA Finalist for the East Anglian Book Award for FictionOne of The Guardian's Favorite Reads of the Year (Chosen by Jenny Rohn) “The Last Pilot made me cry and brought back all my old Right Stuff feels. A brilliant debut. I loved it.”—Helen Macdonald, author of H is for HawkJim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the e... read more

Mimi Malloy, At Last!: A Novel

Julia MacDonnell

"A love letter to sisterhood, Frank Sinatra, late-in-life romance, and the enduring ties of family. The book's narrator calls to mind a Boston-Irish Olive Kitteridge, as peppery as she is big-hearted."―Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and The Late, Lamented Molly MarxMimi Malloy was born into an Irish-Catholic brood of seven, and she has done her best to raise six daughters of her own. ... read more

"A love letter to sisterhood, Frank Sinatra, late-in-life romance, and the enduring ties of family. The book's narrator calls to mind a Boston-Irish Olive Kitteridge, as peppery as she is big-hearted."―Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and The Late, Lamented Molly MarxMimi Malloy was born into an Irish-Catholic brood of seven, and she has done her best to raise six daughters of her own. ... read more

The Pink Hotel: A Novel

Anna Stothard

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZENEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE"This book moved and provoked me in ways I can't fully articulate....Extraordinary."—Anna Paquin (True Blood)A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mother's life and death among the bars and bedrooms of Los Angeles in this dazzling debut novel.A raucous, drug-fueled party has taken over a boutique ho... read more

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZENEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE"This book moved and provoked me in ways I can't fully articulate....Extraordinary."—Anna Paquin (True Blood)A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mother's life and death among the bars and bedrooms of Los Angeles in this dazzling debut novel.A raucous, drug-fueled party has taken over a boutique ho... read more

On the Floor: A Novel

Aifric Campbell

It has been 182 days of vodka and insomnia since Geri Molloy got dumped. A twenty-eight-year-old investment banker, Geri counts the days since her breakup with the same determination that has made her serious capital on her firm's London trading floor. But it is January of 1991, and war in the Middle East is about to shake up the markets―and possibly alter the course of her career.Her firm's b... read more

It has been 182 days of vodka and insomnia since Geri Molloy got dumped. A twenty-eight-year-old investment banker, Geri counts the days since her breakup with the same determination that has made her serious capital on her firm's London trading floor. But it is January of 1991, and war in the Middle East is about to shake up the markets―and possibly alter the course of her career.Her firm's b... read more

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Sara Cody
Elizabeth was very helpful in identifying elements of my novel to clarify and strengthen on subsequent drafts, and she also provided valuable ideas in terms of how to frame the novel within the current market once I start the process of querying agents.

Sara Cody, January 2020


Kim Cata
Elizabeth is a pleasure to work with. She went above and beyond in many ways, providing excellent advice in addition to her editing expertise. I will definitely hire her again! Thank you, Elizabeth!

Kim Cata, October 2019

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